Daily Fill of Architecture: Carlo Scarpa


As a first year student in architecture school, I am beginning to become familiar with most architects just now. I have to admit, before starting my architectural education, I was only aware of the “popular” architects. But one of the most important things I am trying to do at the moment is expanding my intellectual knowledge. So I think the least I can do is to research the architects and buildings we mention in our Introduction to Architecture course. In this sense I wanted to make a post about one of the architects I looked into: Carlo Scarpa (with a bonus: here is a lovely track by Kerem Görsev).

Carlo Scarpa, circa 1970. Image via Selldorf Architects
Carlo Scarpa, “one of the most enigmatic and underappreciated architects of the 20th century.”  Image credit: Selldorf Architects

Carlo Scarpa was an Italian interior and industrial designer who was then to be remembered as a post-modernist architect. Scarpa is best known for his mastership at details and light but most importantly, his approach to materials. Handling and manipulating materials were one of his trademarks. So it doesn’t come surprising to point out he was also a glass artist. I think it is fair to say that all throughout his life, he never turned his back at his hometown, Venice. He built there, he taught there and he appreciated the cultural accumulation there.

One of his best-known works, is the Brion – Vega Cemetery in which he was also buried after falling to his death. As a person who enjoys details, I really like the work and geometries of this structure.

Brion Tomb and Sanctuary:

Also the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona is said to be the highest achievement of Carlo Scarpa when it comes to the handling of ancient buildings.


Here are some of his other works:

Photo credits can be found in descriptions and these are further references:






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